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Monday, October 27, 2014

Harry J. Peabody, 76

Harry James Peabody of Wellfleet, Mass., a former Westport resident, died Oct. 22. He was 76.

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Harry J. Peabody: born and raised in Westport. Contributed photo

Born April 10, 1938 in Westport, he was raised in Westport where he said he had a Tom Sawyer-like small town childhood. He played ball and wrote and illustrated a comic strip for the Staples High School newspaper Inklings.

After a brief stint studying art at Pratt, he joined the 101st Airborne and served as a paratrooper—despite a fear of heights—in classified missions abroad. After an honorable discharge, he embarked on a career in computers, first as a programmer and later as a systems manager with Avon and then Dunn & Bradstreet.

He and his first wife, Sandy, raised his two children, Jennifer and Jeffrey, in Westport. Always armed with a camera, he was a regular on the Staples football, baseball and ice hockey sidelines and his daughter’s—and then granddaughter’s—ballet performances.

In 2005, he retired to Wellfleet with his wife of 20 years, Lynn. “This is paradise,” he declared with arms spread wide to everyone he welcomed to the Southey-Peabody “Homestead.” His adopted home became fodder for his photography, painting and sketches.

He volunteered for the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and the Wellfleet Housing Partnership, and he and Lynn embraced all manner of community, from carrying books for the library sale in his beloved pickup truck to soaking in jazz concerts.

He played for the Cape Cod Senior Softball League (2012 champs) and loved his Monday nights with the guys at the Lighthouse.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Southey; his brother, George Peabody and wife Linda of Running Springs, Calif.; his children and their partners: Jennifer and Tom Hassell of Rowayton, and Jeff and Liz Peabody of Bellevue, Wash.; his step-children and their spouses: Charles and Kristin Southey of Manhattan Beach, Calif. and Jane and Greg Gendron of Park City, Utah; and 10 grandchildren: Ananda, Lauren, Catherine, Thomas, Taylor, Nate, Nick, Ally, Aria and Will; and his beloved teams: the Mets, the Jets and the Red Sox.

Friends are invited to gather on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. at PB Boulangerie & Bistro to honor and celebrate him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wellfleet Affordable Housing Trust Fund (wellfleetaffordable housing.org).

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